Military

Berklee Online is honored to serve veterans, active military members, and their families, and is here to support the success of your educational and professional goals.

Tuition Discount

Berklee Online offers a 30% tuition reduction to all military students. This includes active duty military students as well veterans.

For active duty students from any non-listed branch as well as non-active duty and veteran students not using VA benefits, documentation from your specific branch of the military that indicates you are or were active in that branch will be required. This documentation can be faxed to the Assistant Continuing Education Registrar at 617-747-2149 or emailed to registrar@online.berklee.edu.

Once the documentation has been approved, you will be eligible for the reduction moving forward. For certificate students, each semester, you will need to request to have the reduction applied, prior to paying your tuition. For students who have used tuition assistance through the military or VA benefits in the past, additional documentation will not be required. You will, however, need to request to have the reduction applied each term prior to making a payment.


Top-Up

Top-Up is a program that allows GI Bill participants to use the GI Bill to supplement the tuition and fees not covered by tuition assistance. The amount of the benefit can be equal to the difference between the total cost of a college course and the amount of tuition assistance that is paid by the military for the course.

The amount of the benefit is limited to the amount that the person would receive for the same course if regular MGIB benefits were being paid. In no case can the amount paid by the military combined with the amount paid by VA be more than the total cost of the course.

The benefit is available for all courses that began on or after October 30, 2000. A copy of the Tuition Assistance (TA) Authorization form for the course that has been signed by an authorized military official will be required. Students who have not requested MGIB benefits before should submit a VA Form 22-1990 to establish eligibility.

The application and other evidence should be sent to one of the VA's four education processing offices in Atlanta, GA, Buffalo, NY, Muskogee, OK, or St. Louis, MO.

Important Notes:

  • These claims are handled differently from claims for MGIB without TA. For Top-Up claims, you will not need an enrollment certification on VA Form 22-1999. You will not need to check for approval of the program for VA benefits as approval isn't an issue. This is because Top-Up is payable for any course for which TA is payable under DOD criteria.
  • VA determines your eligibility for MGIB. If you're eligible for MGIB, the TA approval form establishes your eligibility for Top-Up. No certifications from the school are needed. For more information on Top-Up, click here.

Military Student Refund Policy:

Students who withdraw before completing 60% of the term are entitled to partial refunds. No additional refunds will be given on courses in progress after this time period. Please refer to the chart below:

% of term completed as of withdrawal

Tuition Refund

Less than 10%90% refund
10% up to but not including 20%80% refund
20% up to but not including 30%60% refund
30% up to but not including 40%40% refund
40% up to but not including 60%20% refund
More than 60%No refund

Additional Resources

The resources below contain helpful information for both prospective and current students. If you have any questions or would like assistance in navigation, please contact our Assistant Continuing Education Registrar at registrar@online.berklee.edu.

  • The U.S. Department of Education's College Affordability and Transparency Center's College Scorecards make it easier to find the right college for you. You can use the College Scorecard to learn more about a college's affordability and value in order to make more informed decisions about which college to attend.
  • College Navigator allows prospective and current students to research general information, tuition, fees, estimated student expenses, financial aid, enrollment and admissions statistics, retention and graduation rates, accreditation, and various additional information for colleges across the United States.
  • Financial Aid Shopping Sheet provides students, families, and institutions with resources and background about the development and adoption of the Financial Aid Shopping Sheet. The "Shopping Sheet" was previously known as the "Model Financial Aid Offer Form" and "Know Before You Owe."
  • Paying for College is a helpful tool for making informed financial decisions for college.
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